Angola has not addressed violations committed during almost three decades of war following independence, in which hundreds of thousands of people died. While the 2002 amnesty law may have helped end the fighting, it cannot be considered a transitional justice measure, as there was no provision for accountability. Political and economic interests of the two principal parties to the conflict, along with the absence of international pressure, help explain why Angola has not pursued transitional justice. Impunity for past abuses has compromised the rule of law, protection of rights, and the quality of democratic institutions and practices in post-conflict Angola.

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions

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After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy
Skaar, Elin, Camila Gianella, and Trine Eide

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